Eye on POY: Oklahoma Softball

June, 3, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Darcy Taylor
Senior RHP/first baseman, Jenks (Tulsa)

2012 Team record: 36-5
2012 Team standing: Lost in first round of Class 6A state tournament

2012 Batting average: .504
2012 RBI: 17
2012 Runs: 64
2012 Slugging percentage: 1.133

2012 W-L record: 28-5
2012 ERA: 1.93
2012 Strikeouts: 160
2012 WHIP: 0.80

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Arizona

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Tulsa World Player of the Year; 2010 Tulsa World Pitcher of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference

Jessica Walker
Junior RHP, Grove (OK)

2012 Team record: 33-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A semifinals

2012 W-L record: 29-2
2012 ERA: 0.45
2012 Strikeouts: 352

2012 Batting average: .397
2012 RBI: 24
2012 Runs: 17

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Jacksonville (verbal commitment)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Whitney Ellis: Senior catcher, Yukon (OK)
Erin Miller: Senior outfielder, Jenks (Tulsa)
Leslie Miller: Senior RHP, Blanchard (OK)
Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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